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We Interrupt This Programming To Bring You Paradise

August 23, 2012

This. This will sooth even the most savaged soul. Unless that soul misses her children, in which case it will just nurture and baby that soul a bit, even as that soul aches and frets, which is no small thing, but still. It will, however, also serve that soul tequila, and that will be pretty [...]

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Sparkles And Glitter And Other Things Little Boys Are Made Of

August 16, 2012

Jasper likes dresses. Princess dresses, mostly, but sometimes also fairy dresses, and tutus. He also likes toenail polish, and wigs, and my high heels. He has always liked these things. I’ve never questioned his liking these things – these so-called ‘girly’ things – because Emilia has always liked ‘boy’ things, and it’s always just seemed [...]

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We Are Vast, And We Contain Multitudes

August 9, 2012

Sometime, about two years ago, I started closing comments on posts. Not all of the posts, all of the time, but some of them, some of the time. I started doing this, not because I’d stopped loving comments – who, who has ever blogged, has not loved comments? – but because I loved them too [...]

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All The Blog’s A Stage? On Strutting And Fretting Our Virtual Lives (And Also Honey Boo Boo)

August 6, 2012

I was asked by a reporter this past week whether I was worried about  the stories about myself, the stories that I tell online, about myself, that my children will one day read – whether I had any reservations about having talked about sex or abortion or depression in a public forum, given that my [...]

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A Bear-y Happy Birth… Oh, Never Mind

July 31, 2012

Today is my husband’s birthday. Apparently, God or Mother Nature or whomever controls the wildlife in the Catskills decided it was the perfect occasion for sending a bear-o-gram. Which was more than I got him. I mean, I could have sent wildlife, sure, but I couldn’t be sure that he was going to be at [...]

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A Rumination On The Half Moon (Or, Buttocks: A Photographic Love Story)

July 30, 2012

This is one of my favorite shots this summer. It may be one of my favorite shots ever. What makes it, obviously, are the butt cheeks: pale half moons set against his tanned back and his dinosaur swim trunks. The leap is awesome, of course, as is his shadow (such a Peter Pan shadow, that: [...]

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A Pinterest Board Is A Dream Your Heart Makes, A Dream That Very Probably Doesn’t Come True

July 26, 2012

So, we bought a house. I bought a house. In America. It’s not the first house that we’ve owned, although it does represent a lot of other firsts – not least, first house in a foreign country, which is freighted with so much of its own weirdness (all good weirdness, but still) – and so [...]

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Where Are All The Heroes? (Or, Photographosophy, After A Hard Week)

July 22, 2012

One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be human. — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Last week was one to strain the heart. There were the ordinary trials and tribulations associated with being human all-too-human. And then there was the violence, the terror, the terrible thing piled upon the other terrible things that [...]

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Apparently, It Doesn’t Get Better: On You And Me And Us And Dan And All The Bullies In Between

July 16, 2012

UPDATED BELOW. BECAUSE I SLEPT ON IT. When I was nine years old, I saw Bigfoot. That is, I thought I did. I think. I can’t fully recall exactly what I saw, but my nine year old self decided that it was the Sasquatch, and so that was the story that I told. I told [...]

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10 Summer Memories My Kids Won’t Have

July 5, 2012

The other week, Emilia and I went on holiday in the Canadian Rockies with Adventures By Disney. We did awesome things like raft whitewater in the Kicking Horse River, climb up to the Cosmic Ray Station on Sulphur Mountain, throw snowballs at each other on the Athabasca Glacier, and mountain-bike along the Bow River. I [...]

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